Under Suspicion (1992)

R | 116 mins | Drama | 28 February 1992

Director:

Simon Moore

Writer:

Simon Moore

Producer:

Brian Eastman

Cinematographer:

Vernon Layton

Editor:

Tariq Anwar

Production Designer:

Tim Hutchinson

Production Companies:

Rank Film Distributors , LWT, Carnival
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HISTORY

The film begins with a title cards stating: “In Brighton in the ‘50s, a fraud developed to get around the strict divorce laws. To prove adultery to the courts, husbands faked an affair with a stranger. All you needed was a woman, a photograph, and a private detective…”
       Referring to the film by its working title, The Other Woman, a 1 Oct 1990 DV news item announced that actress Laura San Giacomo had been hired to star with Patrick Bergin. A 9 Oct 1990 Var column added Brian Cox to the cast, and a 13 Oct 1990 Screen International brief stated that Sam Neill was set to star in the film, but Bergin, Cox, and Neill did not remain with the project. Bergin left due to exhaustion after working on three pictures back-to-back. He was replaced by Liam Neeson, as reported in to a 25 Feb 1991 Var article that indicated a title change to Prime Suspect. Var production charts continued to list the film as The Other Woman through late Mar 1991.
       Prinicipal photography began 18 Feb 1991 at Lee International Studios, in Shepperton, England. Production notes in AMPAS library files state that filming took place over seven weeks, with locations in Brighton, England, and one day in Miami, FL. “Stasio’s” seaside villa was shot during one week in Portmeirion, North Wales. Production ended on 5 Apr 1991 with a final cost of $6 million, according to a 26 Apr 1991 Screen International article.
       On 29 Apr 1991, DV ... More Less

The film begins with a title cards stating: “In Brighton in the ‘50s, a fraud developed to get around the strict divorce laws. To prove adultery to the courts, husbands faked an affair with a stranger. All you needed was a woman, a photograph, and a private detective…”
       Referring to the film by its working title, The Other Woman, a 1 Oct 1990 DV news item announced that actress Laura San Giacomo had been hired to star with Patrick Bergin. A 9 Oct 1990 Var column added Brian Cox to the cast, and a 13 Oct 1990 Screen International brief stated that Sam Neill was set to star in the film, but Bergin, Cox, and Neill did not remain with the project. Bergin left due to exhaustion after working on three pictures back-to-back. He was replaced by Liam Neeson, as reported in to a 25 Feb 1991 Var article that indicated a title change to Prime Suspect. Var production charts continued to list the film as The Other Woman through late Mar 1991.
       Prinicipal photography began 18 Feb 1991 at Lee International Studios, in Shepperton, England. Production notes in AMPAS library files state that filming took place over seven weeks, with locations in Brighton, England, and one day in Miami, FL. “Stasio’s” seaside villa was shot during one week in Portmeirion, North Wales. Production ended on 5 Apr 1991 with a final cost of $6 million, according to a 26 Apr 1991 Screen International article.
       On 29 Apr 1991, DV stated that the title had been changed to The Dark Horizon. Just over four months later, a 9 Sep 1991 DV report noted that the film was set for release in 1992 as Under Suspicion.
       The picture marked writer-director Simon Moore’s first theatrically released feature film. He was previously known for his success as a television writer, with hits including the British television miniseries Traffik (1989). The show brought him together with producer Brian Eastman, according to production notes.
       Singer Dickie Valentine is credited as “Dicky” Valentine.
       End credits state: “Made at Lee International Studios, Shepperton, England, and on location in Brighton, Port Meirion, and Miami.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
1 Oct 1990.
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Daily Variety
29 Apr 1991.
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Daily Variety
9 Sep 1991.
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Hollywood Reporter
28 Feb 1992
p. 14, 20.
Los Angeles Times
28 Feb 1992
Calendar, p. 12.
New York Times
28 Feb 1992
Section C, p. 10.
Screen International
13 Oct 1990.
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Screen International
1 Mar 1991.
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Screen International
26 Apr 1991.
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Variety
9 Oct 1990.
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Variety
25 Feb 1991.
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Variety
7 Oct 1991
pp. 195-196.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANIES
PRODUCTION TEXT
Columbia Pictures, Rank Film Distributors, and LWT present a Carnival Film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
1st asst dir
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
3d asst dir
Prod mgr, U.S. crew
1st asst dir, U.S. crew
2d asst dir, U.S. crew
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Steadicam op
Focus puller
2d focus puller
Cam grip
2d grip
Clapper/Loader
Addl photog
Addl photog
Gaffer
Gaffer
Best boy
Genny op
Stills photog
Dir of photog, U.S. crew
Cam op, U.S. crew
Lighting equip supplied by
Cameras and grip equip by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
Asst dub ed
SET DECORATORS
Prop buyer
"Stasio" paintings
Prop master
Props
Props
Storeman
Stand-by carpenter
Stand-by painter
Stand-by rigger
Stand-by stagehand
Const mgr
Const storeman
Suvp carpenter
Supv plasterer
Supv painter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Plasterer
Plasterer
Painter
Stagehand
Stagehand
Plasterers' labourer
Painters' labourer
Set dec, U.S. crew
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
Ward asst
Ward, U.S. crew
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
Orchestral, Mus collaboration
Electronic, Mus collaboration
Mus rec eng, Mus collaboration
SOUND
Boom op
Sd maintenance
Dubbing ed
Dial ed
Asst dial ed
Eff ed
Asst eff ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff supv
Senior eff tech
Spec eff modeller
Titles and opticals
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Chief hairdresser
Ms. San Giacomo's makeup artist
Makeup, U.S. crew
Hairdresser, U.S. crew
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Prod coord
Loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Prod runner
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Accounts asst
Scr supv
Jobfit trainee
Casting dir (USA)
Casting asst (UK)
Prod's asst
Prod's secy
Researcher
Unit nurse
Unit nurse (Const)
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Unit driver
Prod facility driver
Prod facility driver
Prod facility driver
Prod facility driver
Prod facility driver
Prod facility driver
Prod facility driver
Prod facility driver
Prod facility driver
Prod facility driver
Vehicles
Insurance
Loc clearance
STAND INS
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
SOURCES
SONGS
"Christmas Island," performed by Dicky Valentine, by courtesy of The Decca Record Company Ltd, written by Lyle Moraine, copyright Northern Music Company, licensed by MCA Music Publishing.
PERFORMER
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Other Woman
Prime Suspect
The Dark Horizon
Release Date:
28 February 1992
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 28 February 1992
Production Date:
18 February--5 April 1991
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
Copyright Date:
2 April 1992
Copyright Number:
PA561487
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Prints
Filmed in Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
116
MPAA Rating:
R
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
31200
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1957 Brighton, England, police detective Anthony “Tony” Aaron and his partner, Frank, stake out the home of a gangster named Powers. When Tony goes inside the house for a sexual tryst with Powers’s wife, Hazel, the outlaw returns home unexpectedly and pursues Tony with a shotgun. An officer named Colin is killed in the ensuing battle, and Tony is dismissed from the police force. Two years later, Tony is a private detective with insurmountable debts and a dull marriage to Hazel. The two make a meager living by exploiting England’s tough divorce laws that require husbands to show proof of infidelity. Men who are eager to end their marriages hire Tony to set up a mock affair, in which Hazel poses as the hotel room mistress. As she climbs in bed with the client, Tony bribes the chambermaid to be a witness and breaks into the room, snapping a photograph of the feigned lovemaking. Tony testifies on behalf of his clients in court, providing photographic evidence of adultery. A few days before Christmas 1959, Tony’s scheme goes awry when he is hired by a wealthy artist named Carlo Stasio, who is shot to death with Hazel on the night of their rendezvous, and Tony finds their bodies. Tony comes under suspicion because he was at the hotel that evening, but his former police partner, Frank, takes over the case in his defense. As Frank performs a procedural interrogation, he reveals that Stasio’s thumb was amputated during the crime, and Tony absolves himself from guilt by claiming that he does not own a gun. Still, Tony remains desperate to prove ... +


In 1957 Brighton, England, police detective Anthony “Tony” Aaron and his partner, Frank, stake out the home of a gangster named Powers. When Tony goes inside the house for a sexual tryst with Powers’s wife, Hazel, the outlaw returns home unexpectedly and pursues Tony with a shotgun. An officer named Colin is killed in the ensuing battle, and Tony is dismissed from the police force. Two years later, Tony is a private detective with insurmountable debts and a dull marriage to Hazel. The two make a meager living by exploiting England’s tough divorce laws that require husbands to show proof of infidelity. Men who are eager to end their marriages hire Tony to set up a mock affair, in which Hazel poses as the hotel room mistress. As she climbs in bed with the client, Tony bribes the chambermaid to be a witness and breaks into the room, snapping a photograph of the feigned lovemaking. Tony testifies on behalf of his clients in court, providing photographic evidence of adultery. A few days before Christmas 1959, Tony’s scheme goes awry when he is hired by a wealthy artist named Carlo Stasio, who is shot to death with Hazel on the night of their rendezvous, and Tony finds their bodies. Tony comes under suspicion because he was at the hotel that evening, but his former police partner, Frank, takes over the case in his defense. As Frank performs a procedural interrogation, he reveals that Stasio’s thumb was amputated during the crime, and Tony absolves himself from guilt by claiming that he does not own a gun. Still, Tony remains desperate to prove his innocence and begins an investigation of his own, pursuing Stasio’s mysterious American mistress, Angeline. The young woman has taken over her lover’s lavish seaside villa while Stasio’s wife, Selina, has been banished to a modest apartment. Although Angeline is initially hostile toward Tony, she gives him a tour of Stasio’s basement studio and tosses one of his costly paintings in the fireplace, demonstrating her lack of interest in his inheritance. However, she is curious about Tony’s motives and offers to give him the artwork if he fetches it from the flames, challenging him to choose between money and justice. When Tony retrieves the painting, Angeline comments on his passion for financial gain and reveals that Stasio authenticated his work with a thumbprint. Sometime later, Angeline confesses that she followed Stasio to the hotel on the night of the murder. Since she had no intention of marrying him, she hoped to discourage his efforts to secure a divorce, and prevent him from hiring Tony. However, she lost confidence and remained in her car, where she saw the killer on a fire escape, lighting a cigarette. Angeline claims she did not report the incident because she could not see the man’s face, and was afraid of coming under suspicion, herself. She insists Stasio’s wife, Selina, hired a killer to secure the artist’s inheritance. Tony remains skeptical, and tries to convince Frank that Angeline is guilty. However, he is seduced by her mystique, and they become lovers. Meanwhile, Frank realizes that Tony lied about owning a gun and orders him to turn over the weapon, but Tony claims it went missing after an intrusion at his office. Frank takes Tony to the crime scene and they follow the killer’s trail to the rooftop, where they realize the gun was thrown in a furnace. When they find the murder weapon in the hotel boiler room, Tony admits it is his missing gun and argues that he is being framed. He convinces Frank to withhold the evidence long enough for him to prove his innocence, and takes him to the office of Stasio’s solicitor, Roscoe, as he reads the artist’s will. There, they spy on the proceedings and learn that Stasio amended his will on the day of his murder, leaving his entire inheritance to Angeline. Frank becomes convinced of Angeline’s culpability and Tony returns to her villa on New Year’s Eve to make love. As she sleeps, he steals her keys to Stasio’s studio and riffles through art supplies. She interrupts him in a rage, accusing him of betrayal, and he vows to defend her innocence. To prove his loyalty, he takes her to an abandoned building that once belonged to Hazel’s gangster husband, Powers. There, Tony recounts the night he was caught having an affair with Hazel, and confesses that a police officer named Colin was killed on his account. Tony laments that he is a contemptible degenerate and orders Angeline to return to America, but she consoles her lover, and insists he is not at fault. As Tony lights Angeline’s cigarette with his faulty lighter, striking it twice, she looks at him in terror and runs away. Just then, a police officer arrives and beats Tony, exacting revenge for Colin’s death. Meanwhile, Frank finds Stasio’s solicitor, Roscoe, with a male lover and blackmails him in an effort to identify the murderer. When Roscoe begins to confess, Frank receives a telephone call about Tony’s beating and runs to help his friend. The two return to Roscoe at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, hoping to finally solve the case, but the solicitor shoots himself in the mouth. He leaves behind a note that names Tony as the killer, and Frank is no longer able to defend his former partner. At Tony’s trial, the prosecution describes his shady scheme, in which he systematically lied under oath, and argue that he cannot be trusted. However, they fail to provide hard evidence until Angeline takes the stand. She testifies that Tony was on the hotel fire escape outside Stasio’s room the night of the murders, and identifies him by his unique cigarette lighter, which requires two strikes to ignite. Tony swears by his innocence, but is sentenced to death. As the executioner prepares for his hanging, Tony orders Frank to search Stasio’s studio and he finds the artist’s amputated thumb in Angeline’s art supplies. Frank races back to the prison and catches Tony as he plummets from the hangman’s noose, saving his life and proving his innocence once and for all. Sometime later, Tony buys an airplane ticket to Miami, Florida, hoping to start life anew. Before leaving, he visits Angeline in prison and she insists that he framed her by hiding Stasio’s thumb on New Year’s Eve. She begs Tony to tell the truth, and he whispers his confession in her ear. Sometime later, Tony meets Stasio’s wife, Selina, in Miami. She has made a fortune from her inheritance, and pays Tony for his assistance in her murder scheme. Selina promises to fulfill Tony’s dream of becoming a millionaire. +

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